Thursday, March 14, 2019

"Muhammad Ali" - a bookwrap

New in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Muhammad Ali, "the greatest" boxer of all time.


Muhammad Ali

by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

illustrated by Brosmind

* Age Range:  5-8

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Series:  Little People, BIG DREAMS

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Frances Lincoln Children's Books New edition 

* Pub. Date: February 5, 2019

* Language:  English 

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy

Soon, Cassius was learning how to box. He was not the strongest fighter, but he had a secret weapon.

Fight after fight, Cassius proved himself as an junior boxer. His talent took him to the Olympics in Rome, where he won a gold medal. But it was not enough! He dream of going professional.

Ali was admired and loved by people from all around the world.  And when he retired, he gave all that love back, by working for charities and helping others. 

Unwrapping the story

This empowering best-selling series of books and educational games that explore outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists, is truly exceptional. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.  Cassius Clay was one of those children. 

When he was a little guy his bike was stolen and he was determined to find the thief and get it back.  A policeman advised him that he had better learn to box first.  Cassius took that councel to heart and that lead him on a journey to become the greatest boxer in the world.  

He worked tirelessly at the gym becoming more agile and strong as his dream drove him onward.  His cunning moves, smart thinking and using rhymes outside of the ring to tease and taunt his opponents gave him victory after victory. 

" I float like a butterfly... and sting like a bee."  is one of his most famous quotes. 

He earned the title:  "Heavyweight Champion of the World."  In fact he managed to secure that high status three times!  What an amazing accomplishment.  All his hard work and dedication paid off and his dream became a reality.  He became inspired by the teachings of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, a name, that to him, made him feel strong and proud. 

He was admired, loved and acknowledged worldwide for his extraordinary boxing prowess.  After he retired he still didn't stop making his mark in the world.  He became an avid defender of African-American rights at a time when it was dangerous to speak up and advocate for such things and he worked for charities and helped others unceasingly.  

To this day other young boxers follow in his footsteps... the little kid who used to say:  

"One day, I'm going to be the greatest."  And he was. Mission accomplished! 

The inspiring message of the book is compelling and the illustrations have a special charm to them.  I really liked them.  I highly recommend this book and the entire series. Great books to collect! 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author

Mª Isabel Sánchez Vergara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture. 

About the illustrator

BROSMIND are the Mingarro brothers, Juan (1978) and Alejandro (1981). They spent their childhood drawing comics, building vehicles for their action figures and shooting movies on home video cameras. In 2006, they founded Brosmind studio in Barcelona. Their style is fresh and optimistic, using fantasy and humor. Currently they combine commercial illustration with personal projects involving multiple disciplines, such as sculpture, music, or video. They have won many awards, including six Cannes Lions.

The real Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. He is nicknamed "The Greatest" and is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Wikipedia

Full name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
Spouse: Lonnie Ali (m. 1986–2016), MORE

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Don't count the days, make the days count.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

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